One Bread, One Body - Reflection for September 12, 2019


"To you who hear Me, I say: love your enemies." —Luke 6:27

What if your family was a victim of a terrorist attack? What if someone robbed and beat you? Jesus tells us to treat terrorists, murderers, rapists, and robbers in a certain way. Jesus commands us to:

If we do so, we will heap burning coals of love on our enemies (Rm 12:20; see Lk 15:20ff).

To those not baptized into Jesus, His commands seem unjust, preposterous, and impossible; but Jesus died on the cross for His enemies. He literally practiced what He preached. He taught us to pray that we are forgiven as we forgive our enemies (Mt 6:12), and He promises us grace sufficient to forgive and love our enemies immediately and totally. By Jesus' grace, receive and perform the miracle of forgiveness and of love for all your enemies.

PRAYER: Father, give me a forgiveness and love unexplainable except in the light of Jesus.
PROMISE: "Over all these virtues put on love, which binds the rest together and makes them perfect. Christ's peace must reign in your hearts." –Col 3:14-15
PRAISE: The Most Holy Name of Mary was invoked as Muslim armies laid siege to Vienna in 1683. Ultimately, the Christian forces defending the city were victorious.

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Reprinted with permission from Presentation Ministries, a lay association of the Catholic Church that focuses on evangelization and discipleship through Bible teaching, daily Mass, the charisms of the Holy Spirit, and Small Christian Community. Their ministries include:

· One Bread, One Body
· Daily Bread Radio Program
· Annual Bible Institute
· Discipleship Retreats
· Guadalupe Bible College